Demand for clean energy sources across the world are growing, and offshore wind generation represents one of the most abundant and economic power generation alternatives available today. As more offshore wind farms are established, however, the requirements for robust, long lasting, maintenance-free wind system components grow.
The lifetime of the average wind turbine is more than 26 years – which can push standard materials and components beyond their ability to function. In Monopile construction, for example, the Monopile Transition Piece (MP/ TP) flange seal and the inlet for high voltage cables must be sealed against moisture and corrosion well beyond two decades. Efforts to predict the performance capabilities of turbine seals and components requires continuous research, development and testing.
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has developed a methodology to simulate aging in elastomeric materials. With this model, the company can predict the lifetime of materials by comparing new profiles with those aged the equivalent of 26 years under offshore wind turbine conditions. Seals made from this material prevent corrosion at the foundation of the structure and insure long-term operation of the turbine. The company also has developed a unique material for robust, on-site, replaceable sealing for high voltage cable inlets.
This webinar will focus on the technical needs and solutions that offshore wind manufacturers and operators require, both now and in the future, to achieve optimal operational and economic success.
Global Segment Director, Energy Sector
Freudenberg Sealing Technologies
Design Engineer, Application Center Special Sealing